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In honor of Zoar Village's Bicentennial celebration in 2017, the Historic Zoar Village has commissioned an exhibit that will be displayed throughout the U.S. promoting the historic site as a successful example of living history.
Two versions of the traveling exhibit will be displayed at various events this year. In one configuration, the six double-sided panels, each sized 30 inches wide by 72 inches high, are used along with a three-dimensional display featuring the Zoar Garden. In a larger configuration, two additional three-dimensional showcase various Zoar artifacts.
Several local Tuscarawas County businesses had a hand in the creation of the exhibit, which was funded by the Timken Foundation. The graphic design work was by Whitemyer Advertising, which has offices and studios in a historic 1817 log cabin in Zoar. Museum Acrylics in New Philadelphia created the overall design, three-dimensional models and other materials. The panels were printed by Synergy Signs in Strasburg, with Bates Metal of Port Washington producing the panel stands and three-dimensional display units. Celuch Creative in New Philadelphia designed some of the photo collages. Historic Zoar Village developed the text content and selected the photographs.
The historic panel display made its debut at the Patriot Rally at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia on Feb. 18.
On Sunday, March 26, it will be shown again with various artifacts at the Zoar Bicentennial Gala and Concert, featuring the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the gala and concert can be purchased at www.kent.edu/tusc/zoar.
One exhibit will be on display at Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Pa., from March 30 to May 30, and then in Harmony, Pa., from May 30 through July 24.
The Shaker Historical Museum will host the exhibit in Cleveland from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31. The exhibit will then move on to the Ohio Statehouse Museum in Columbus from November until early 2018.
The larger exhibit will be shown in the German American Heritage Museum in Washington, D.C. from March 24 through May 26 and then in Amana Colonies, Iowa -- a sister community of Zoar's -- from June 15 through Aug. 15.
The traveling exhibit will finish out the year in Oneida, N.Y., from Oct. 11 to Jan. 11, 2018.
The traveling exhibit then comes home to Zoar and will be available to rent to other museums during the 2018 season.